Anthony Rizzo dropped a couple thoughts today on the state of business with the Cubs, and although I’d discourage you from inferring tone – or underlying feelings – from written words on a screen, I do think it’s fair to say Rizzo is aware of the way the financial swirl of the offseason has proceeded.
That is especially true given the lack of an agreement on an extension with the Cubs, and given the multitude of rumors about the Cubs’ willingness to listen on Kris Bryant trade offers.
Anthony Rizzo said he’ll keep his reaction to not getting an extension this off season ‘in-house.’ Called the business end of baseball as ‘cut throat’ as ever. An example: “We’re talking about trading the MVP of the league a couple years ago.”
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) January 16, 2020
Anthony Rizzo hopes to remain with the Cubs for his career: "But this is a business. This is as cutthroat as ever now. We're talking about trading the MVP of the league a couple years ago who's done a lot for this franchise. So, it's just a whole different ballgame."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) January 16, 2020
Rizzo on KB rumors: I’ve talked to him a couple times, he’s excited. He & his wife are having a baby. I think he’s in a good place. He knows it’s a rumor until it happens. He’s MVP a couple years ago & guy who puts up consistent numbers. We hope he’s on our side, that’s for sure
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) January 16, 2020
I mean, that’s all pretty much the size of it, right? I think Rizzo is spot on in his comments, and that applies regardless of how you’d like to see the Cubs proceed this offseason. It’s just kinda where things are.